On Hope

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn was a historian with a vast knowledge of peoples, civilizations, war, and history, not an ostrich.  That makes me feel better for agreeing with him.